JGI’s Tchimpounga Sanctuary Chimp of the Month: Gui!

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One of the most rewarding things about JGI’s Tchimpounga sanctuary is that rescued, often orphaned chimpanzees are given and entirely new life with fellow rescued chimpanzees. These dynamics are truly unique and profoundly inspiring to watch. On Tchimpounga’s sanctuary island of Tchindzoulou, there’s one very special little chimpanzee who is providing the JGI staff a whole new world of inspiration and joy. His name is Gui!

Gui is the son of Golfi, a rescued chimpanzee who arrived at Tchimpounga 12 years ago. Though the Jane Goodall Institute’s Tchimpounga sanctuary provides birth control to the chimpanzees, as happens with humans –  it can sometimes fail. Golfi’s son Gui is now five years old and as a little growing chimpanzees demonstrates great potential. Chimpanzees nurse until around five years old, and as such Gui remains very close to his mother, likely continuing to stay close and by her side for the next several years into maturity.

Little Gui is Golfi's son. They live on Tchindzoulou island.

The most exciting part of observing this young chimpanzee is the singularity of his upbringing: the freedom and social complexity of the island sanctuary sites allows him to experience a truly integrated chimpanzee community in a forest habitat. This young chimpanzee is a perfect addition to the group dynamics. He’s very playful and a favorite with the adult chimpanzees. A few of the female chimpanzees of the group even give him rides around the island on their back, including one of his closest friends Ouband. Interestingly, the adult males also love playing with Gui, and they spend a great deal of time with him, treating Gui with care and tenderness.

Little Gui is Golfi's son. They live on Tchindzoulou island.

Chimpanzees like Gui, Golfi, Ouband and the others at Tchimpounga are given a second chance after being rescued from the illegal pet or bushmeat trade because of the kindness of people like you. Living on the island, roaming and interacting and growing, is a second chance they never would have had without you. You can symbolically adopt one of JGI’s rescued Tchimpounga chimpanzees by becoming a Chimpanzee Guardian today! Sign up here to support Gui’s care and to help us keep our promise to never turn away a chimpanzee in need.


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About Author

Ashley Sullivan is the Community Engagement Specialist at the Jane Goodall Institute, where she works to connect individuals with Dr. Goodall's vision, and the JGI mission. Ashley graduated Stony Brook University with a B.A. in Anthropology and a minor in Biology. She has a varied background including conservation fieldwork, scenic painting instruction, mural collaboration, public relations, communications, digital media, graphic design, photography, and documentary filmmaking. She has contributed to the digital news production company Zazoom, LLC (Buzz60) and as Communications Coordinator at the youth-centered, social justice organization Scenarios USA. Ashley is a swashbuckling artist and ukuleleist with a passion for sharing information to empower and using media to tell stories. Through growing understanding and empathy, she believes it is possible to ignite positive change, every day.